College costs/prices

College Access -- Comparing Countries

A study of industrialized nations finds Sweden has the most affordable higher education system and the Netherlands has the most accessible.

Road Not Taken on Pell Grants

GAO analysis of change in aid formula finds that approaches other than that used by the Bush administration would have hurt far fewer students.

Debating Equity and Excellence

A new book urges colleges to give low-income students the same admissions edge they give to children of alumni.

New Analyses on Aid Policy

Studies are released on students who borrow and then drop out, and on the role of private scholarships.

'Saving Higher Education in the Age of Money'

The "preoccupation with money" is eroding the values of higher education, argues a new book: Saving Higher Education in the Age of Money, published in April by the University of Virginia Press. The authors -- James Engell and Anthony Dangerfield -- question the endowment obsession of presidents, the rating obsession of admissions officers, and the career obsession of students.

Up and Down on Tuition

U. of Richmond and Roosevelt U. take unusual steps -- one adopts a 27% increase, the other discounts to urge timely graduation.

Do You Really Need That Latte?

Some college officials have an unconventional idea for how students can cut their education loans.

Cutting Tuition, Increasing Revenue

Three private colleges that reduced charges dramatically share information on what worked -- and what didn't.

Private Colleges' Cash Grew, but Debt Grew Faster

As financial markets improved, selective private colleges saw their cash and investments increase faster than their operating budgets in the 2004 fiscal year, reversing the pattern of the year before. But except at the very top tier of institutions, the colleges' debt rose even faster, as they poured money into expanding and renovating facilities, Standard & Poor's said in a report released this month.

'Good Day' for For-Profit Colleges

As they waited Thursday morning for the House of Representatives higher education subcommittee to vote on legislation to extend the Higher Education Act, lobbyists for for-profit and nonprofit colleges had strikingly different answers to the simple question "How are things going?"

Bruce D. Leftwich, vice president for government relations at the Career College Association, responded with an enthusiastic "Great, great." David S. Baime, who plays the same role for the American Association of Community Colleges, offered an uncertain "I have no idea."

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